Transforming local communities with the power of philanthropy

Surrey is one of the largest counties in Britain with a population of over a million people. While it is a largely affluent county, this apparent prosperity masks pockets of high deprivation which can often be neglected and lead to some marked inequalities.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. We work with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people and disadvantaged individuals.

Giving with the Community Foundation for Surrey is designed to be as simple as possible. Donors benefit from the Community Foundation’s due diligence, and knowledge of local needs and can connect with the causes they care about to increase the impact of their giving.

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Laura Thurlow
Foundation Announces New Chief Executive

The Community Foundation for Surrey is delighted to announce the appointment of Laura Thurlow to the role of Chief Executive. READ MORE

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Surrey Uncovered
Surrey Uncovered shows shocking need across the county

Our updated ‘Surrey Uncovered’ research shows that deprivation and other hardship continues to be a surprisingly big issue in Surrey READ MORE

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David Munro - Police & Crime Commissioner
PCC partners with Foundation to encourage youth social action

The Community Foundation for Surrey are thrilled to be developing a fund in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (‘PCC’) READ MORE

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Uncover Surrey


While Surrey is a largely affluent county, this apparent prosperity masks pockets of high deprivation.

Our report, Surrey Uncovered, pinpoints these inequalities to guide funders and philanthropists on future areas of support. It reveals the reality of living in Surrey for those that are struggling and need help.

  • 30,000

    carers are over the age of 65

  • 10,600

    of 5-15 years olds suffer from a mental disorder

  • 22,640

    children live in poverty in Surrey

of looked after children obtain 5+ GCSE A-C grades

 

Benefits of giving


  1. Bespoke donor service – tailored to make the impact you want to make.
  2. Benefit from 10 years of grant making experience – our research and local knowledge helps you fund projects doing incredible work below the radar.
  3. Building permanent community resources – we can invest your donations to generate ongoing income to award grants in perpetuity.
  4. Tax effective – Donations are tax efficient if you are a UK tax payer Gift Aid adds 25%.
  • £5,000 Gift

  • £1,250 Gift Aid

  • £6,250 Total

Self-sufficient Core Funding

We are working to become self sufficient and through gifts in kind and other support keep our overheads low to ensure maximum benefit to Surrey communities.

What attracted us to the Foundation was their expert knowledge of local need.

Their research and due dilligence allows us to be confident our money is going where it is most needed and will make a real difference.

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